The Equiano Project was a multi-tiered heritage project that celebrated the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, seaman, war veteran, writer and abolitionist, who lived in 18th century England. The project featured a major exhibition, touring exhibitions, an education pack, website, a programme of events and activities.
The project partners were The Equiano Society and Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery. The Equiano Project was funded by a £653,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional support from Birmingham City Council and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council ‘Renaissance in the Region's. The project ended on 31 March 2008, but The Equiano Society has continued the work.
The Equiano Society
||The Equiano Society was formed in 1996 to celebrate and promote the life and work of Olaudah Equiano. The society achieves this by organising and contributing to events and activities that publicise and celebrate not only Equiano but also the lives of his contemporaries including Ignatius Sancho, Phillis Wheatley and Ottobah Cugoano. |
Arthur Torrington is co-founder of The Equiano Society and a senior project partner of The Equiano Project.
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, part of Birmingham City Council is located in the centre of the city. The museum is internationally renowned for its outstanding pre-Raphaelite collection. Entrance to the museum is free.
The main museum has two temporary exhibition spaces, the Waterhall Gallery which hosts exhibitions of modern art and the Gas Hall which will host the Equiano exhibition.
In addition to the main museum, there are also six community museums housed in historic buildings around the city.
Rita McLean is the Head of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and senior project partner of The Equiano Project.